Tag: French wine

Château La Cabanne Pomerol 2013 Bordeaux, France

Here is a young Merlot for #MerlotThursday.

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish/ brick rim.

On the nose, black plums, blackcurrants, cherries, light wood, Indian spices, licorice, chocolates, earth, black pepper and light alcohol.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, raspberries, cherries, strawberries, mint, red currants, oak, smoke, spices, coffee, pencil lead, earth and herbs.

Tart finish with fine grained tannins and pomegranates.

This is a nice Merlot from Bordeaux. Showing mild complexity with a nice mouthfeel, but a little hot.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly, and show the beautiful nose. Tannins show up after an hour of airtime.

This 7 year old is still young and needs a few years in the bottle to mature properly. A little unbalanced at this point, and better with food.

Wine Enthusiasts 90 points. Thank you Wendy for sharing.

I paired it with cheeses and crackers (Brie and Camembert).

A blend of 98% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Aged in 65% new French oak barrels.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$40.

Château Peynaud-Bagnac Bordeaux 2012, France

This is a nice surprise for #MerlotThursday.

Pretty color of dark ruby with a wide brick rim.

On the nose, red currants, plums, blueberries, cherries, vanilla, black tea, tobacco leaf, light vegetables, cedar, licorice, mint, spices, vinaigrette, earth and black pepper. Really lovely nose.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, dark chocolates, espresso, black tea and peppercorn.

Medium finish with medium plus tannins and pomegranates.

This 8 year old is still drinking nicely, although past its peak. Showing nice complexity, especially on the nose. Tangy and very easy to drink, with a nice mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle and better after 90 minutes of airtime.

Wine Enthusiasts 89 points.
Thank you David and Elvira for sharing.

I paired it with a big piece of steak and grilled asparagus.

A blend of 65% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc.

13% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$15.

Yannick Amirault Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil Les Malgagnes 2018, Loire, France

Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.

Fruity nose with blackberries, blueberries, blackcurrants, cooked cherries, oak, light vanilla, spices, licorice, light tobacco, coffee, chocolates and black pepper.

Full-bodied with medium acidity.

Dry and fruity on the palate with black currants, blackberries, sweet cherries, plums, oak, licorice, spices, chocolates, dark coffee, pencil lead, earth and peppercorn.

Spicy finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very enjoyable Cabernet Franc from Loire, France. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel and mild complexity.

Would benefit from another few years in the bottle to mature properly, but already very enjoyable.

Good right out of the bottle and better after 30 minutes of airtime. After an hour of airtime tannins come out.

Good by itself or with food. A nice sipping wine. I gave it a slight chill and paired it with cheeses and olives by the pool. Very tasty.

100% Cabernet Franc grapes aged in wooden amphoras for 11 months.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$27.

Faire la Fete Cremant de Limoux Brut Rosé Non Vintage, France

Light salmon in color.

Fruity nose with raspberries, strawberries, lemons, citrus, bread, green apples, grapefruits, spices, minerals and yeast.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity. Refreshing with medium sized bubbles.

Dry on the palate with citrus, green apples, grapefruits, bitter herbs, spices, yeast, strawberries, minerals, sea salt and white pepper.

Medium finish with tangy limes.

This is a nice surprise. A very elegant sparkling wine from France. Easy drinking with a nice mouthfeel. Shows nice complexity and good by itself or with food.

I paired it with a nice day by the pool.

Made in the traditional method.

12.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$20.

Domaine des Marronniers Chablis Les Marronniers 2017, Burgundy, France

Pale lemon in color with a green/ golden hue.

Fruity on the nose with yellow apples, citrus, light oak, spices, passion fruit, bananas, lemons, minerals, light green vegetables and black pepper.

Medium-bodied with medium-plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with limes, grapefruits, citrus, green apples, earth, herbs, sea salt and white pepper.

Medium plus on the finish with almonds and grapefruits.

This is a very nice Chardonnay from burgundy. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel.

Better when not too cold, that’s when it’s showing the complexity.

Refreshing, tangy and interesting.

Nice and bright and a great food wine that I paired with cheeses, olives and crackers.

Kosher and Mevushal.

12.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$30.

Faire la Fête Brut Cremant de Limoux Non-Vintage, France

Pale lemon in color.

Nose of limes, grapefruits, citrus, yeast, bread, green apples, minerals and sea salt.

Medium bodied with medium plus sized bubbles and medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with citrus, limes, green apples, grapefruits, bread, yeast, bitter herbs, spices and earth.

Medium finish with bitter almonds.

This is a nice sparkling wine from the south of France. Easy drinking with food or without. Nicely balanced with nice acidity.

I paired it with 3 different Caviars, Whitefish, red Salmon and Lumpfish. Very tasty and interesting to compare.

Made in the traditional method.

12.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$17.

Koenig Alsace Riesling 2018, France

Pale lemon in color.

Strong nose of citrus, lemons, yellow and red apples, minerals, light diesel, white pepper and sea salt.

Medium bodied with high acidity. Crisp and refreshing.

Dry to off dry on the palate with lemons, apples, pears, pineapples, spices, diesel, minerals and light earth.

Long tangy finish with limes and spices.

This is a delicious Riesling from Alsace. Tangy and bright. Showing nice complexity with a spicy aftertaste.

Tasty and enjoyable by itself or with food. Would pair nicely with spicy foods. Sushi comes to mind.

This would be interesting to try in 5 years.

Delicious and tangy.

12% alcohol by volume. Kosher. Mevushal.

91 points.

$20.

Château Batailley Pauilliac Grand Cru Classé 2006, Bordeaux, France

Dark ruby in color with a short purple rim.

Great nose of blueberries, cherries, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, cedar, tobacco, mocha, light vegetables, pencil lead, peppercorn, dark coffee, tobacco leaf and black tea.

Full bodied and smooth with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, wet leaves, vegetables, green herbs, tobacco leaf and peppercorn.

Medium finish with firm tannins and tangy raspberries.

This 14 year old Left Bank Bordeaux is drinking very nicely now. Good right out of the bottle and gets earthier as it opens up. Showing great complexity and mouthfeel. Delicious.

This 5th growth needs time to open up properly. Tannins come in after 90 minutes of airtime. After 2 hours, it becomes very grippy on the finish.

Still young and has a lot of years in it. I’d like to revisit this in 10 years. I really loved smelling on it for a long time.

Wine Advocate 91 points.

Thank you David for sharing. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Aged for 18 months in (55% New) French oak barrels.

13% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$65.

Chateau Leoville-Las Cases Le Petit Lion du Marquis de Las Cases 2010, Saint Julien, France

Time for #AgedWineTuesday. Here is a nice one from Saint Julien.

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

On the nose, red cherries, blueberries, sweet raspberries, oak, licorice, spices, cloves and earth.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with black currants, black cherries, raspberries, wood, light vanilla, licorice, light vegetables, earth, leather, dark chocolates, tobacco and spices.

Medium plus on the finish with tangy raspberries and soft tannins.

This is a nice Left Bank red, the Second Wine from this château. Showing mild complexity and a nice mouthfeel.

Tangy and fruity. Good by itself and better with food.

This 10 year old from the great 2010 vintage is starting to drink nicely now, but needs 5 to 10 years in the bottle to mature property and balance itself out.

Needs 3 hours to open up properly.

Wine Enthusiasts 92 points. Thank you Wendy for sharing.

I paired it with roast beef and mashed potatoes.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$90.

Ravoire & Fils Manon Rosé 2019 Côtes de Provence, France

Light salmon in color.

On the nose citrus, strawberries, white pepper, spices, light vegetables, river rocks and minerals.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity. Crisp and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with limes, citrus, green apples, grapefruits, bitter herbs and spices.

Medium finish with bitter almonds.

This is a nice and easy drinking Rosé from Côtes de Provence. Simple and straightforward.

A good food wine and good to sip on by the lake. Great looking bottle too.

I paired it with Brie cheese.

12.5% alcohol by volume.

87 Points.

$15.